(November 27, 2012) – Clear Channel Media and Entertainment, the leading media company in America with a greater reach than any other radio or television outlet, demonstrated its on-going support for military families with a November campaign that generated both awareness and funds for Fisher House Foundation, which provides no-cost housing and other services to the families of wounded warriors and veterans while their loved ones are being treated at military and VA hospitals.
Clear Channel aired Fisher House public service announcements on all 850 of its radio stations in the days leading up to Veterans Day. That national effort, valued at an estimated $3 million, was supplemented by the efforts of numerous local Clear Channel radio stations, which ran a special 30-minute public affairs program and/or spotlighted Fisher House with interviews and fundraising appeals.
Jack Armstrong and Joe Getty, whose popular morning show is heard on Clear Channel’s KSTE/Sacramento and KNEW/San Francisco, raised $255,000 during the week of November 12, 2012 to help build a new Fisher House at Travis Air Force Base outside Sacramento. The duo has raised a total of $650,000 in the past two years for that project.
“Clear Channel is proud to be a longstanding partner of the Fisher House; today, we believe their work is more crucial than ever as we welcome our military men and women home,” said Jessica King, Director, Community Engagement, Clear Channel. “They provide our returning heroes with an invaluable resource: Thanks to Fisher House, there is no need for service members receiving medical care at VA and military hospitals around the world to be separated from their families during their recuperation."
“We are grateful for Clear Channel’s generous support to Fisher House and their commitment to our military families,” said Fisher House Foundation Chairman & CEO Ken Fisher. “The awareness created by this campaign will help ensure that when a service member is wounded, becomes ill, or is injured – their family members will know there is help available. We are also humbled by the generosity of Clear Channel’s listening audience for the way they have shown their appreciation for the service and sacrifice of military families across the country.”
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About Fisher House
Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher Houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square-foot homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs, where families can stay while a loved one is receiving treatment. Additionally, the Foundation ensures that families of service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are not burdened with unnecessary expense during a time of crisis.
Located in close proximity to the medical center or hospital it serves, each Fisher House consists of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is no fee to stay in a Fisher House. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $192 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
Fisher House Foundation operates the Hero Miles Program, using donated frequent flyer miles to bring family members to the bedside of injured service members as well as the Hotels for Heroes program using donated hotel points to allow family members to stay at hotels near medical centers without charge. The Foundation also manages a grant program that supports other military charities and scholarship funds for military children, spouses and children of fallen and disabled veterans.